1828. Petition of Parishioners of the Parish of Caheragh, County Cork, requesting aid be provided to build a parish church. Reverend John Webb, only visits the parish once a year ‘for the purpose of Collecting his tithes’ Numbers of their community have ‘turned to mass and several have been buried without received Protestant burial’ rites.
Burials in Caheragh Parish:
From Chief Secretary papers
Petition of parishioners of the parish of Caheragh, County Cork, requesting aid be provided to build a parish church.
Copy petition of the Protestant [Church of Ireland] parishioners of the parish of Caharagh [Caheragh], County Cork, to Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquis Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant, Dublin Castle, requesting aid be provided to build a parish church. States that Thomas Wood, one of their members, has agreed to supply a site for the proposed church at a reasonable cost, or alternatively that are agreeable to have a new building in the vicinity of the old graveyard. Remarks unlike their counterparts in neighbouring parishes, they have neither place of worship, resident clergyman or school; observes their rector, Reverend [John] Webb, only visits the parish once a year ‘for the purpose of Collecting his Tythes [tithes]’. Warns of the decline in religious observance and claims numbers of their community have ‘turned to mass and several have been buried without received Protestant burial’ rites. Complains that a number of applications for redress directed to the bishop of Cork and Ross [Thomas St Lawrence] have not received an answer, and asks that a reply to their memorial be sent to Thomas Wood Sr, Woodford, near Skibbereen, County Cork. Document signed by 70 parishioners with surnames Wood, Levis, Ross, Jermyn, Baker, Hitchcock, Taylor, Cue, Talbert, Cotter, Kingston, Roberts and Swetnam [Sweetman]. [Contains list of names not given in this description.]